You better believe that a month later when her newborn needed to be hospitalized, the first thing I said was don't worry about the horses. I took care of the entire barn until her baby was home and doing well enough for her to be able to do more than run down to the barn a couple times a day and do a fast check on all the horses and I wasn't looking for a break in my board. A couple months of barn cleaning and chores was more than a fair trade for her going over and above in her care for my horse.
The horse and BO both live on the property, so her walking the horse for 40 minutes while the owner is in transit does in no way, shape, or form compare to a child left at daycare for an extra hour.
Instead of her being disingenuous and saying how inexpensive her board is, maybe she should just up the **** boarding fee instead of thinking her boarders owe her money every time she does more than look at a horse in passing, or dump feed in its bucket.
So I should up my board to $500 so that 18 of my boarders are covering the bills of the 2 high maintenance ones and just in case their horse ever gets hurt? So do you think that's fair to the boarder whose horse has been with me for two years, doesn't get a blanket, eats 1 lb of grain and has never had so much as a scratch?!
Are you sure that there isn't a fee for looking at the horse? I'm sure if the horse knocks it's bucket over or poops in it, there's a fee because it's now "difficult" to feed that horse.
I notice the farrier option is trims or front shoes only. So what about horses with back shoes? Is a fee charged to hold that horse for another few minutes while the back shoes are put on?
I'm still perplexed as to the nightmare that must be involved in keeping track of how many of the allotted bags of shavings each horse has used each month. Do you have a partial bag of shavings hanging out in front of each stall, so you can add as needed, since you can't take a single bag and top up everyone's stalls. Do the neat and tidy horses get a discount on board, while the stall pigs pay extra?
Pasture boarded horses can not have back shoes. Stall horses who are turned out with a much smaller group of the same horses can. No I don't charge to stand there an extra 10 minutes. In fact, I don't stand there the whole time for the farrier. Cross ties do that for me. I'm in the close vicinity if he needs me. I'll go catch more horses, switch them out.. or sit on the tail gait and just chit chat about how he's doing.
Shavings- Not hard people. Staff take notes on what they did every day on their time sheets. Also the bags I use are local. They are not the same sized bags you get from Tractor Supply and they are very fine cut. Most horses go through 4 or 5 bags a month. Limiting the bags of shavings allows me to more accurately control cost. For example: Lets say it rains a ton and horses are in double the time and I have to go through double the shavings. That's an $800 hit to my budget! Drought causes hay prices to go up... rain causes us to go through more shavings.. Horse owners (including myself) have to pay the increased amount. It's part of horse ownership. Each horse owner would have to pay $33 for double shavings. Since I own 5, that means I'm paying $165! It sucks the worse for me.